Strengthen city support for schools.
Empower parents and community members.
Increase access to and opportunities for neighborhood resources.
Those are the three most important things that Philadelphia residents want from Mayor Jim Kenney's community schools initiative, findings based on months of discussions with stakeholders and the Mayor's Office of Education.
On Wednesday the office released a report on its findings after 14 roundtable discussions with principals, teachers, students, parents and others, plus seven town hall forums, six group meetings with school principals, meetings with elected officials and more than 60 service providers. In addition, a survey gathered feedback on the community schools’ selection criteria and process.
[For more of this story, written by Hayden Mitmen, click here.]